Midway through trading Thursday, the Dow traded up 1.35 percent to 24,516.63 while the NASDAQ climbed 1.23 percent to 7,155.89. The S&P also rose, gaining 1.04 percent to 2,669.66.

Leading and Lagging Sectors;

On Thursday, the financial shares climbed 1.64 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Jianpu Technology Inc. JT 2.4%, up 4 percent, and First BanCorp. FBP 3.42%, up 4 percent.

In trading on Thursday, real estate shares fell 1.09 percent.

Top Headline;

Delta Air Lines, Inc. DAL 2.57% reported better-than-expected profit for its first quarter.

The company said it earned 74 cents per share in the first quarter on revenue of $9.968 billion versus expectations of 73 cents per share on revenue of $9.84 billion. The company did guide its second quarter EPS to be in a range of $1.80 to $2.00 versus expectations of $1.95 per share.

Equities Trading UP;

Northern Technologies International Corporation NTIC 15.86% shares shot up 18 percent to $26.25 after the company reported Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.

Shares of CYREN Ltd. CYRN 22.34% got a boost, shooting up 25 percent to $2.9313. The cloud-based internet security technology company said in a regulatory filing it won a “material contract” with “one of the world’s largest technology companies” to be used among “millions of its enterprise users.”

ZUORA INC ZUO shares were also up, gaining 44 percent to $20.19. Zuora priced its IPO at $14 per share.

Equities Trading DOWN;

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. BBBY 19.12% shares dropped 19 percent to $17.47. Bed Bath & Beyond reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter, but issued weak FY18 guidance. Comps were down 0.4 percent in the quarter.

Shares of Novavax, Inc. NVAX 13.03% were down 13 percent to $1.81. Novavax priced its 30.3 million share public offering of common stock at $1.65 per share.

LiqTech International, Inc. LIQT 21.6% was down, falling around 22 percent to $0.3811. LiqTech priced its 16.91 million share offering at a price of $0.34 per share.

Commodities;

In commodity news, oil traded down 0.66 percent to $66.38 while gold traded down 1.29 percent to $1,342.40.

Silver traded down 1.60 percent Thursday to $16.50, while copper fell 1.81 percent to $3.0605.

Eurozone;

European shares were mostly higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 rose 0.58 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.06 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index surged 0.72 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.94 percent, and the French CAC 40 rose 0.39 percent while U.K. shares fell 0.07 percent.

Economics;

Initial jobless claims slipped 9,000 to 233,000 in the first week of April. Economists were expecting claims to reach 230,000.

U.S. import price index was flat for March, versus economists’ expectations for a 3.8 percent rise. Export prices increased 0.3 percent in March.

Domestic supplies of natural gas slipped 19 billion cubic feet for the week ended April 6, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. Analysts expected a drop of 11 billion cubic feet.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari is set to speak in Minneapolis at 5:00 p.m. ET.